Up to 4.6 million U.S.-born citizens could lose Medicaid coverage because of a provision in the 2006 budget bill, which goes up for final passage in the House Feb. 1, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities said. The bill, shelved in late December 2005 after some year-end politicking, includes a new provision that requires Medicaid beneficiaries to prove citizenship by submitting a birth certificate or passport or else lose their coverage, the center said. The provision applies to all current and future beneficiaries and allows no exceptions. According to a survey of 2,026 adults, sponsored by the center, about one in 12 U.S.-born adults with an annual income of less than $25,000 said they didn't have a passport or birth certificate in their possession. In addition, more than 10% of U.S.-born respondents earning less than $25,000 said they didn't have a birth certificate or passport for at least one of their children, meaning potentially 2.9 million children enrolled in Medicaid "appear not to have the paperwork required," the center said. -- by Matthew DoBias
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